Another third of the allegations were reported between and According to the report, only 9 percent of the accused performed acts limited to improper touching over the victim's clothes. The issue of child rape and sexual assault of Roman Catholic children became a national scandal. Responses to the scandal proceeded at all three levels in parallel with the higher levels becoming progressively more involved as the gravity of the problem became more apparent. Criticism of media coverage by Catholics and others centered on an excessive focus being placed on Catholic incidences of abuse. The product of the study, titled the John Jay Report indicated that some 11, allegations had been made against 4, priests in the USA. It's not that they don't feel bad for the victims, but they think the clamor for them to apologize is fed by other factors that they don't want to capitulate to. Diocesan awareness of the problem[ edit ] In response to criticism that the Catholic hierarchy should have acted more quickly and decisively to remove priests accused of sexual misconduct, contemporary bishops have responded that the hierarchy was unaware until recent years of the danger in shuffling priests from one parish to another and in concealing the priests' problems from those they served. An example of this can be found in Massachusetts, USA. In response to these allegations, defenders of the Church's actions have suggested that in reassigning priests after treatment, bishops were acting on the best medical advice then available, a policy also followed by the US public school system when dealing with accused teachers. The most frequent context for abuse was a social event and many priests socialized with the families of victims. It had run criminal checks on 1. It said that most of the abusers engaged in multiple types of abuses. Misguided willingness to forgive. What that means is that Vatican officials are slower to make the kinds of public statements that most American Catholics want, and when they do make them they are tentative and halfhearted. AIB had to be nationalized during the Irish financial crisis.